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Everyone has heard of Babbage the creator of the first computer. How many folk knew that Ada Lovelace is credited as the person who created the first computer program ?

This thread is dedicated to articles about women in the computer field.

In Celebration of Ada Lovelace, the First Computer Programmer (2015)

The first programmable computer—if it were built—would have been a gigantic, mechanical thing clunking along with gears and levers and punch cards. That was the vision for Analytical Engine devised by British inventor Charles Babbage in 1837. Whereas Babbage is credited with the machine’s conception, it was perhaps his friend Ada Lovelace who best understood its promise and the potential that computers would one day fulfill. The daughter of Romantic poet Lord Byron, Lovelace was a gifted mathematician and intellectual who translated an Italian article on the Analytical Engine and supplemented it with extensive notes on the machine’s capabilities. In these notes she not only explained the engine more clearly than Babbage had been able to, but she also described an algorithm it could carry out that is often considered to be the world’s first computer program.
Ada Lovelace, the First Tech Visionary (2013)
http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/ada-lovelace-the-first-tech-visionary
Augusta Ada Lovelace is known as the first computer programmer, and, since 2009, she has been recognized annually on October 15th to highlight the often overlooked contributions of women to math and science. The main event is being held today at Imperial College London, with the début of an anthology of essays, “A Passion for Science: Stories of Discovery and Invention.” “I started to think that one of the biggest parts of the problem was that women in tech are often invisible,” Suw Charman-Anderson, the founder of Ada Lovelace Day, told me. After reading a study in 2006 by the psychologist Penelope Lockwood, who researched the dearth of female role models in the sciences, Charman-Anderson thought that a fête for Lovelace could raise awareness of her noteworthy successors. This year, dozens of celebrations will be thrown around the world, including an “Ada Lovelace Edit-a-thon” at Brown University, where volunteers will ramp up Wikipedia entries for female scientists.


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Grace Hopper - The Mother of Cobol (2013)

"Rear Admiral Grace Brewster Murray Hopper was responsible not only for the development of the Cobol language but also for the continuous pressure within the industry to make computers and computing more accessible and to to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.
The history of computer hardware invention is mostly a male-oriented affair. This isn't unexpected given that the early computers had more to do with heavy engineering than logic.
However when it comes to software the picture is a little different. It is generally acknowledged that the first programmer was female - Ada Countess of Lovelace but Ada was just the first in a long line of dedicated women programmers.


Perhaps the most famous, important and colorful of this army, or should it be navy, of female software experts is without doubt Rear Admiral Grace Brewster Murray Hopper. She was responsible not only for the development of the Cobol language but for the continuous pressure within the industry to make computers and computing more accessible."



"Night at the Museum" poster to honor the life and achievements of Rear Adm. Grace M. Hopper in celebration of National Women's History Month.


II computers. Grace Hopper, shown at center right in the first photograph, directed the group. Programs were entered on reels of magnetic tape, using a special form of typewriter called a Unityper





Becky -- She was certainly an interesting lady! :thumb:

Plenty of em around Becky but you never hear about them normally.
 

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There was a wonderful TV program about Ada Lovelace a few months ago. She was the daughter of Lord Byron and died of cancer aged only 36.

Very talented lady.
 

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International Women's Day: Important Women in Computing (2017)

The 8th March 2017 is International Women's Day, a day to call for a more inclusive and equal world and a better working world for women. This year's theme is #BeBoldForChange, including challenging bias and recognizing the achievements of women.

To that end, this tutorial will help you learn about some of the influential women in the history of computing, especially women that you may not have heard of before.
For instance, not just a pretty face,

If you're at all familiar with the work of Hedy Lamarr, it's likely as the 1930s and 40s Hollywood actress Less well-publicized are her accomplishments in radio guidance systems during the second world war.

Along with composer George Antheil, Lamarr patented a frequency-hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) system that would prevent jamming of the radio guidance systems on torpedoes. The frequency-hopping system continually changed the radio signals sent to a torpedo, preventing the enemy from forcing the torpedo off course.

An updated and more easily-realized version of their system was implemented on Navy ships in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Lamarr and Antheil's design inspired modern spread-spectrum technologies, such as CDMA, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
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Dell's 'Alice' Will Guide Women Through VC Wonderland(2017)

One of the interesting things at Dell EMC World last week came from Karen Quintos, the most powerful woman at Dell.

Karen is responsible for its Entrepreneur in Residence program, which, among other things, focuses on equipping and helping woman entrepreneurs. Dell Technologies apparently has created "Alice," a female-focused artificial intelligence focused on helping support and drive innovative firms backed by women.
Alice in wonderland finaly arrives on earth :lol:
 

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BYU Pushes to Increase the Number of Women in Cybersecurity (2017)

Only 14 percent of cybersecurity employees in the U.S. are women, according to The 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study by Frost and Sullivan. Even with that low number, the U.S. is doing better than the world as a whole when it comes to women in cybersecurity: Men make up 89 percent of the global cybersecurity workforce.

The study reveals more distressing news: Although 50% of women in cybersecurity have a graduate degree (compared with 45% of men), men are nine times more likely to be in managerial positions and four times more likely to be in C-suite and executive positions.
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Great find Urmas. :thumb:

The True Story of 'Hidden Figures' and the Women Who Crunched the Numbers for NASA (2017)

There's a moment halfway into Hidden Figures when head NASA engineer Paul Stafford refuses the request of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) to attend an editorial meeting about John Glenn's upcoming mission to become the first American to orbit the Earth. Stafford's response is dismissive—"There's no protocol for women attending." Johnson replies, "There's no protocol for a man circling Earth either, sir."
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Have you watched Hidden Figures? It's a excellent film, definitely recommended! :)
 

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Have you watched Hidden Figures? It's a excellent film, definitely recommended! :)
No not yet as it has not appeared on Freeview :lol: an I am too busy to torrent it :rolleyes:

Seriously no not yet. It looks like a very fascinating film and is on my hit list. :cool:
 

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Person with diabetes finds open source and builds her own medical device

Dana Lewis is the 2018 Women in Open Source Community Award winner! Here is her story about how open source improved her health in a big way.

Dana has Type 1 diabetes and commercially available medical devices were failing her. The continuous glucose monitor (CGM) alarm she was using to manage her blood sugar was not loud enough to wake her up. The product design put her in danger every time she went to sleep.
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Webinar: Women in Tech – How to Build an “And” Culture & Thrive

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